ATSF 2926 restoration progress

Gunns Jul 26, 2005

  1. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Indeed. Any steam being resurrected is good in my book, and worth watching. Maybe the UP steam bit did me in, and turned me into the steam nut I used to laugh at people for... [​IMG] :D
     
  2. Gunns

    Gunns TrainBoard Member

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    Hi all sorry about the unplaned hiatus, but life bit me <Grin>... refinaced the house, the hollidays, broke the computer ect ect ect.... but I'm back, So I'll try to catch ya'll up.

    Much has been accomplished, the oil finally arrived for the roller bearings on the tender trucks, the journals have been refilled and saftey wired shut, also each axle set has been jacked up and the wheels spun, and gauged. It looks like all but two of the wheel sets are new, and even the smallest of the two could be turned at least twice before they go out of standards. All the 9 inch cyls have been refurbished 6 have passed testing and the remaining two are waiting on new unions, [the old ones wont seal] all bushings on truck 13 is done, [we ended up making 12 and one wrist pin] on truck 4, it looks like we will only need 3 bushings. the big hold up has been the discovery of damage to the brake pad mounting brackets, with many of them needing rework [weld build up and grinding to restore the profile that holds the break pad in place.] The bent foot plate bracket on the rear of the tender has been straightened and re attached, and the tender coupler has been removed, buffer springs inspected and is awaiting ultrasound inspection. Chris from the GCRR in Willams sent us an adjusting screw he made it fits exactly right. On the infastructure side we have a new storage trailer, this has freed up lots of room for work.
    More to come,
    Gunns
     
  3. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I was wondering what had happened. Glad to learn that things are still moving along!

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  4. fitz

    fitz TrainBoard Member

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    Sorry to hear of your troubles and glad to see you back reporting on this restoration. :cool:
     
  5. Gunns

    Gunns TrainBoard Member

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    I have the Photos up and was going to edit them in but I'll put up the message again with the photos installed.


    Much has been accomplished, the oil finally arrived for the roller bearings on the tender trucks, the journals have been refilled and saftey wired shut,

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    also each axle set has been jacked up and the wheels spun, and gauged.
    It looks like all but two of the wheel sets are new, and even the smallest of the two could be turned at least twice before they go out of standards. All the 9 inch cyls have been refurbished 6 have passed testing and the remaining two are waiting on new unions, [the old ones wont seal] all bushings on truck 13 is done, [we ended up making 12 and one wrist pin] on truck 4, it looks like we will only need 3 bushings. the big hold up has been the discovery of damage to the brake pad mounting brackets, with many of them needing rework

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    [weld build up and grinding to restore the profile that holds the break pad in place.] The bent foot plate bracket on the rear of the tender has been straightened and re attached,
    Before,
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    and the tender coupler has been removed, buffer springs inspected and is awaiting ultrasound inspection.

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    Chris from the GCRR in Willams sent us an adjusting screw he made,
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    it fits exactly right.

    Here is s shot of a work cart from the Barellas Shops, it was actually used to work on Locos when the shops were active
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    On the infastructure side we have a new storage trailer, this has freed up lots of room for work.
    More to come,
    Gunns

    [ January 12, 2006, 06:43 PM: Message edited by: Gunns ]
     
  6. Gunns

    Gunns TrainBoard Member

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    Allan or some one I'm doing something wrong with the pix from rail images....
    the links are there but all I see is the little red "X"s...
    any Ideas?
    Gunns
     
  7. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Kevin, click the 'edit' button to see the code for the picture below. I just opened the picture in your RI album, right-clicked, and copied the 'properties', then pasted them here into the window which opens when you click the IMAGE button when making a post.

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  8. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I also edited one picture on your original post. (Now you can do the rest) ;) :D
     
  9. Gunns

    Gunns TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks, I fixed the message.
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  10. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Superb, meticulous work. It is amazing just how much is required to fully restore a locomotive.

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  11. Gunns

    Gunns TrainBoard Member

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    I had a double shift last Sat. so I didnt stay for the work session, and when I got back Wends. I couldnt belive what had been done, (Pics Sat night) all but two Brake cyls remounted and Brake beams re done ect....
    we also got the last (I hope) bushing done for the brake rigging. a total of 15 bushings and 2 wrist pins out of 192 bushings and approx 120 wrist pins. (we never made an exact count) The Barellas shops did great work when they put the 2926 in shape for display. I have heard that the DoD paid for the last "shoping" just in case the needed Loco power after "the Bomb" dropped, but I dont know if that's true.
    More to cme,
    Gunns
     
  12. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I have heard, and read, that near the end of steam, many locos of different companies were stored in "ready to roll" condition. Had been shopped, fresh flues, etc. But never again ran. So it is very possible that 2926 was one of those lucky ones.

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  13. Gunns

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    Much Progress today, lots 0 stuff coming together now. We finshed testing the last two Brake cylinders today, (they needed new unions) painted them and mounted them. (the Industrial black we are usining looks green when applyed and turns black as it dries.
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    Here is an old photo of the trucks,
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    And here is one taken today,
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    This is a shot of the repair work on a brake shoe mount, (our welder is an artist)
    all the silver is new metal.
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    Here are the 2 new storage containers,
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    More to come
    Gunns
     
  14. Gunns

    Gunns TrainBoard Member

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    Sat Feb 4th

    Great progress today, the first brake beam is finshed, and work has started on the second beam that needs refinishing, this is out of 16 brake beams on the tender truck, but only three so far need work. It seems that the brake shoes hammer the shoe support on the brake beam and some of them have been distorted out of shape and wont hold the shoe in proper alingment. repair involves removal of the beam, weld buildup of the damaged areas, and grinding to the correct profile.
    Clean out of all the nooks and pockets of the trucks continues, we especially want to make shure that all the drains are clear, this to insure that we dont have water traping it's self in the truck frames.
    And a Mile Stone of sorts, we put air to front half of truck 13, and opperated the brakes. this was the first time since the Locomotive was put in the park in 1956, 50 years, the brakes worked correctly. And we showed our selves that we can dissamble and reassemble a system and have it work to "spec". Next comes the adjustments, and then the system air tests, then we seal it up and thier done <Grin>.
    More to come,
    Gunns [​IMG]
     
  15. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    That black certainly does have a greenish hue. Interesting. What is the paint?

    Congratulations on the successful assemblies and tests. Must feel really good, to see results of your labors.

    :D

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  16. fitz

    fitz TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks for the update. Please keep them coming. :D
     
  17. Gunns

    Gunns TrainBoard Member

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    Hi All,
    Sat Feb 8,

    Again lots getting done,
    Brake beam work continues, here is a shot of the # beam on truck #13

    http://www.railimages.com/gallery/kevinevans/ahi?full=1

    this is a photo of a class in safty wiring the bolts on the roller bearing covers

    http://www.railimages.com/gallery/kevinevans/ahj?full=1

    Here is a shot of the tender step that is being repaired, (it looks like some one backed it in to a dock at some point)

    http://www.railimages.com/gallery/kevinevans/ahk?full=1

    This is our air test tree, it allowas us to test the brake lines and appliances, it has a set, and a relase valve, and a calibrated gauge.

    http://www.railimages.com/gallery/kevinevans/ahl?full=1

    And lastly, our new spring, delivered and installed. (it replaces the only broken spring we found dissassemblig the trucks)

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    More to come,
    Gunns

    ps, I was going to get the paint brand but got "side tracked" sorry, I'll get it Wends
    Gunns
     
  18. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Who came in to give this instruction? Was it someone from BNSF? Or another steam program?

    :D

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  19. Gunns

    Gunns TrainBoard Member

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    Who came in to give this instruction? Was it someone from BNSF? Or another steam program?

    :D

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    </font>[/QUOTE]We are applying the same standard as the Air Force, and one of our "Vets" taught it, He was a safety inspector when he was "in".
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  20. BoxcabE50

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    Sounds great! Nice to have a "pro" on board!

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